Darker Than Blue News Update • May 27. 2011

Jon Lord has been quoted about the new Concerto recording: “Over these last years since leaving Deep Purple, I’ve played it over 30 times with different orchestras and conductors all over the world, and, of course, in 2000 I did it well over 30 times with Purple on the Concerto Tour, so I’ve been honing the piece live on stage, and I’ve had the opportunity to change things in the score that weren’t sounding quite right. It is therefore a marvellous and exciting prospect to have the definitive recording of the definitive version of the score. I’m thrilled to have the Royal Liverpool Philharmonic on board. I have immensely enjoyed working with them on several occasions since recording Durham Concerto with them in 2007. They are a wonderful group of players,  and with Paul Mann conducting, a dear friend and a man who knows the score inside out, there couldn’t be a better conductor and orchestra for this studio recording of the Concerto.
Jon has also scotched “ill-informed rumours on other websites” (that’s us told off then!) of any other members of Deep Purple past or present playing on the piece.
The musicians who are involved will be announced in due course. As I may have mentioned before, the recording sessions will be filmed with an audio release and special DVD release likely later in 2011.
Concerto For Group & Orchestra was first performed in 1969 and repeated in 1970, and was then heard again in 1999 and 2000 with band participation. There have also been performances by other musicians and orchestras. However the work has never been captured for posterity in a studio environment. The live editions are available from DTBonline store.

The upcoming Sunflower Jam Deep Purple show at the Albert Hall features Ian Gillian according to the flyers for the show (spotted by David Churchyard). Not Ian Gillan then? Out of curiosity I websearched Ian Gillian and 35,000 hits for the mis-spelling came up! I noticed that as well as getting his name wrong, Twiggy’s website reckoned she played alongside Ian Coverdale at the Butterfly Ball show in 1975.

Doogiue White's new groupIn at DTBOnline store is the former Rainbow singer Doogie White‘s new band CD debut. The group is called Demon’s Eye. The CD has twelve tracks in total, and it’s said to be a disc vintage Rainbow fans will really dig (one nine minute track is actually titled Far Over The Rainbow). The group began life as a Deep Purple tribute act over a decade ago but RG and JL are reported to have told them to go for their own material. “Demon’s Eye haven’t tried to shed the influence that inevitably permeates their style after so long playing Purple covers; instead they have embraced it and have arguably tapped the rich vein of the Purple sound to a more successful extent than Purple themselves have done in recent years. The basic upshot is The Stranger Within sounds like Doogie singing for The Battle Rages On-era Purple,” according to reviewer Andy Lye.

It has been announced that Whitesnake’s Live At Donnington 1990 is now also coming out as a triple vinyl limited edition. I’m not sure why labels leave it to the last moment to spring this sort of thing on fans and collectors (not to mention retailers) but still! We’ve added it to the DTBOnline store as pre-order.

Glenn Hughes is doing an in-store signing session on May 29th at 1pm, at the Birmingham branch of Guitar Guitar (100 Hagley Road, Edgbaston B16 8LA). It’s part of an endorsement deal with Laney Nexus Tube bass amplifiers. “I’ve been looking around for the right bass equipment for ten years and all along, my dear old friends at Laney have been developing the perfect GH sonic amplification experience,” he is quoted in a press release (spotted by Nigel Young).
Dave Stoddard saw GH at the Buxton Opera House the other day and says that though it was far from full, Glenn gave his usual 110% – “what did you say about “Sail Away” worth the price of admission alone?! The memories came flooding back. He had quite a few stories to tell, specially one about the Gary Moore/ Mars bars incident – NOT! Apparently it was Cadbury’s Flakes…“.
Robert Banaszkiewicz saw them at two of the shows. “I’m still reeling from the experience. They came on stage and just smashed you in the face (showing) how it should be done. The voice/bass playing and the band were absolutely faultless. I never imagined I’d be saying this but it put the 15 year DP cabaret act to SHAME“.

Ouch. Lastly for the curious we have a shot of Nick Fyffe on-stage with DP recently which I’ll put on a separate posting. Actually not quite lastly, as apparently a piece I did for Radio 4 on vintage street photography is due to be aired on May 31st at 3.00pm in the afternoon on their Making History show. Try as I might I couldn’t find a way to sneak in a reference to DP during the interview! If you’re remotely interested you can read more at Walking Pictures.

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